Property from a Swiss Private Collection
AN ETRUSCAN BRONZE FIGURE OF A WARRIOR, CIRCA 500-475 B.C.
from the top of a candelabrum, standing on a spool-shaped base with beaded upper edge, his left leg slightly advanced and his hands held to his hips, and wearing boots and short mantle enveloping his shoulders and arms, his long hair falling in a broad mass over the nape of the neck and surmounted by a high-crested helmet with upturned cheek-pieces.
Total height 12 cm.
Leo Biaggi de Blasys (1906-1979), Lugano, acquired fin the 1950s/1960s
by descent to the present owner
Christie's, New York, June 8th, 2001, no. 196, illus.
For a closely related example originally in the Payne Knight Collection and now in the British Museum (inv. no. 1824,0458.2) see H. B. Walters, Catalogue of the Bronzes in the British Museum. Greek, Roman & Etruscan, 1899, no. 460.
In a handwritten note, Leo Biaggi de Blasys writes: "Etrurie, milieu du Ve siècle av. Chr. Statuette de Guerrier casqué sur sa base ronde; il semble ramasser toutes ses forces pour partir en course. Ce bronze provient sans doute de l’atelier des bronzes de Vulci et sa finesse est très proche de celle d’oeuvres grecques du début du siècle.”
This lot appears as no. 17 in a partial inventory of the Leo Biaggi de Blasys Collection, Lausanne, Switzerland, January 25th, 1982.